- A messenger.(R)"The dear good angel of the Spring, The nightingale." [B. Jonson.]
- A spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God's messengers."O, welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope, Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings." [Milton.]
- One of a class of “fallen angels;” an evil spirit; as, the devil and his angels .
- A minister or pastor of a church, as in the Seven Asiatic churches.(Archaic)"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write." [Rev. ii. 1.]
- Attendant spirit; genius; demon.
- An appellation given to a person supposed to be of angelic goodness or loveliness; a darling."When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou." [Sir W. Scott.]
- [Numis] An ancient gold coin of England, bearing the figure of the archangel Michael. It varied in value from 6s. 8d. to 10s.
Note: ☞ Angel is sometimes used adjectively; as, angel grace; angel whiteness.
Etymology: AS. ængel engel, influenced by OF. angele angle, F. ange. Both the AS. and the OF. words are from L. angelus, Gr. 'a`ggelos messenger, a messenger of God, an angel